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Promising Russian ice hockey star Timur Faizutdinov has sadly passed away after being struck in the head by a stray puck.
He was just 19 years old.
The tragic incident occurred during Dynamo St. Petersburg's game against Loko Yaroslavl when team captain Faizutdinov collapsed on the ice after taking the blow to his temple.
He was rushed to a local hospital but died shortly after arriving.
Dynamo Saint Petersburg defenseman Timur Faizutdinov has tragically passed away at the age of 19.
He had received a fatal head injury during an MHL match against Loko in Yaroslavl on March 12.
SKA Hockey Club extends its deepest condolences to Timur's family and friends. pic.twitter.com/gDQkK43ILr
- SKA Ice Hockey Club (@hcSKA_News) March 16, 2021
Faizutdinov's sudden death sent shockwaves around the global ice hockey community, with Dynamo St. Petersburg taking to social media to share their condolences.
"Dynamo Saint Petersburg defenseman Timur Faizutdinov has tragically passed away at the age of 19," the team said in a statement.
19-year-old MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg defenseman, Timur Faizutdinov, took a puck to the head vs. Loko Yaroslavl and is currently fighting for his life at the hospital. He's played 183 games for the Junior club and was named the captain at the start of the season. pic.twitter.com/oQ9vpZUUct
- Dylan Griffing (@GriffingDylan) March 12, 2021
"He had received a fatal head injury during an MHL match against Loko in Yaroslavl on March 12.
"SKA Hockey Club extends its deepest condolences to Timur's family and friends."
Upon hearing the devastating news, people flocked to social media to pay tribute to the teenager while also reaching out to the other player who shot the puck.
One Twitter user said: "This is horrible. Just way too young and it such an innocent looking play. I feel for the kid who shot the puck. I hope he knows its not his fault and they get him whatever help he may need. Condolences to the family of this young man."
The hockey family is a global community. Today the New Jersey Devils offer condolences from afar to the family & friends of Timur Faizutdinov.
- New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) March 16, 2021
the world is heartbroken over the loss of Timur Faizutdinov. a routine play ended up taking the life of this incredible young man. Never take a moment for granted. live everyday to the fullest & know you are worth so much. the hockey world lost a brother today. RIP Timur :pray::broken_heart: pic.twitter.com/OSxrvN598M
- Igor Larionov II (@Igor_LarionovII) March 16, 2021
We are saddened by the tragedy in Russia. Our condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Timur Faizutdinov. :flag_ru::heart: https://t.co/GB6Rs4Be9q
- Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) March 16, 2021
Evgeni Malkin is wearing a #77 sticker on his helmet in remembrance of Timur Faizutdinov, who tragically passed away after suffering a head injury in a recent hockey game. He was 19, and the captain of Dynamo St. Petersburg. Our hearts go out to Timur's family and teammates. pic.twitter.com/qIhSv1GXm5
- Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 16, 2021
The Golden Knights keep Timur and his family in our hearts during this difficult time :yellow_heart:
- Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 16, 2021
While another added: "Terrible news. Condolences to his family and friends. Hoping the player who shot the puck gets the support he may need as well. Tragic accident."
And even NHL giants the Las Vegas Golden Knights sent a kind message, tweeting: "The Golden Knights keep Timur and his family in our hearts during this difficult time."
Sad, sad news.
Rest In Peace, Timur.
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